This time, let’s get a custom Google Slides template and then edit it ourselves. We recommend you study this manual carefully and start practicing!
Let’s go and get a custom Google Slides template and then edit it. Simply a Google Slides template from any other source except those common ones on Google Docs and except making one on your own.
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Signing into the Google Account
- First, let's quickly make sure we are signed into the Google account. Head to google.com in your browser. And here on Google's homepage, drag your mouse cursor to the top right corner of the screen where here you check whether you are signed in or not
- If you are signed in, you will see your profile picture or an icon with a person if you don’t have it
- If you are not signed in, you will see such a button suggesting to sign in. So, we press it
- Now here we enter either our email address or a phone number linked to the account. We’ll use our email, which is email@example.com. And then we press Next down here
- On this next page, we are entering our password. And so are you. And then press Next over here
- We are redirected back to the Google homepage. But now we are signed into our Google account that you can always check by looking at the top right corner here. If you see either your profile picture or an icon with a person, it means you are signed in
Searching the Templates
- Now from here, we go to the website with Google Slides templates or search them in Google from right here “the goo docs free templates”
- Scrolling down and skipping the advertisements, and here’s the website https://thegoodocs.com that we press on
- And we got to its homepage. We are not going to go too far here. We will modify the essential and popular one, for example, the Old Times Newspaper
Downloading the Template
- First, let’s get it. Click on the image or its headline
- On this next page, you can scroll down, preview the template and get it if you like it. For that, go up and next to the image, locate such a window and press the Edit Template button
- As you can see, it says that it will be opened in Google Docs, specifically in Google Slides. And we have a single size which is the common A4, measured 8.3 x 11.7 inches. So, select it
- On the next page, we wait till the download starts [10seconds]. The template will be downloaded automatically. However, if something went wrong, just press CLICK HERE, and the download starts
- And on the next window, Google Slides will ask you if you want to copy the template to your Google Drive. So yes. To use it, press Make a copy
- Wait a bit, and it will open in front of you as a common Google Slides presentation. But now, it is located on your Google Drive. You can edit it, and all changes will be automatically saved on your Drive. Now let’s do something with it
Editing the Template
- What we think we better start from is changing the name of the newspaper. Ours will be named Good Old Times, for example
- And now it doesn’t actually look good taking too much space, and it’s got over the text. But we can just decrease the font size to make it fit in better. Let’s highlight the text in this text box, go to the top toolbar, to the font size, and click a minus button a few times until it fits. And here it is
- But we need to center it. Put your mouse cursor over any border of this text box, and when the cursor turns into a sign with arrows, press-hold the mouse and move it a bit down. There we go. Perfect!
- Then, of course, we can edit the paragraphs of the article. But let’s do something related to the presentation format like some basic animations and transitions, for instance
Animating the Object #1
And let’s animate that box with the name that we have just changed to make it appear on the slide in some interesting way.
- Now on the right, we have a Motion controls menu. And the object we are applying it to is still highlighted on the slide
- In the motion controls menu below the Object Animations, we have our text box element. And here, we can select the animation and its appearance type, which is On click or After the previous animated element. Since it’s the first element, it will be On click
- And for the animation type in this field, we’d like to choose Fly in from left because this is how we just imagine it
- Now let’s test our animation by pressing Play below all the items. And let’s click once anywhere on the slide, and the animation will play just as we imagined it. Now we stop it. Cool!
Animating the Object #2
And as you just saw, there's plenty of animations, and you can experiment with different animations for different objects and find what you like.
- And for the appearance method, we want it to start right after the previous element, after the name. So, we select After previous and press Play
- Now we are clicking anywhere on the slide to launch the first animation, and then the second one comes right after it without pressing anything. Nice!
Applying the Transition
Let’s also try with the transition to the second slide.
- And it shows the new menu to select the transition. So, in this field, let it be a simple Dissolve. You can press Play to look at how this animation looks like
- Now let’s see what we have in the end. Go to the first slide and press Present in the top right corner. Just 1 click to start it
- Animation 1, animation 2, and then click to move to the next slide, which appears with such a Dissolve animation. Great! Here we go!
We hope this tutorial will help you learn how to get and use Google Slides templates for free. Good luck!